According to CDC reports children with mild or no symptoms can spread Covid-19.
Three Utah childcare facilities released contact tracing data on Friday that support the CDC reports.
The researchers analyzed contact tracing data from 184 people linked to the three childcare facilities in Salt Lake County from April to July.
In one of the Utah facilities, twelve children got Covid-19 and spread it to at least 12 people outside the facility.
The researchers found that 13 of the 31 confirmed Covid-19 cases were linked to children who had mild or no symptoms.
Dr. Sally Goza, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics said, “We know that children often show few or no symptoms of Covid-19. We also know they are not immune to this virus, and they can become very sick.”
South Korean researchers reported in August that children with no symptoms can carry Covid-19 in their noses and throats for weeks.
Researchers suggest contact tracing and timely Covid-19 testing for children in child-care settings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
They also suggest that staff workers wear masks, especially those working around children below the age of 2.
500,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Covid-19, which indicates a 16% increase from August 20 to September 3, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics & the Children’s Hospital Association.
Please keep your children masked up if they are 2 or older, and teach them to wash their hands properly.